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Mike Rivera
Professor Coakley
English 097 – 1370
5 December 2012
 In this article “How to Make it in College, Now That You’re Here” by “O’Keeney”, views and discusses different methods on how to become a successful student and achieve it by organizing time and not getting studies involved with personal problems from his own experience.          He also discusses different ways of getting good grades such as choosing a quite place to study alone without getting distracted from any other people or noises around you. Another way is always writing notes for each idea or any definition on the side of whatever you’re reading or writing so there is no flipping back and forth between pages for any ideas.          He also discusses different points on how to manage time with all the work we get including our studies, families, jobs or any other responsibilities that us students might have. One of these points is to make a monthly or a weekly calendar where you can mark and circle any projects or exams dates so that they are never turned in late. Sometimes there never seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all the tasks that have to be done before the day is over. So another point is to write a list of what tasks have to be done, and of what might stand in the way of finishing them.          He also states that if any family, friends or any other kind of real problem pops up, then try to meet some friends whom can actually be trusted so that they would help solve any problems

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that appear so that it is possible to feel better. And if the problem can’t be solved by talking about it to some friends, then attend clinics of professional therapies where they can help in solving any problems. Furthermore, each student must have the positive attitude towards college where he or she takes classes serious by understanding the process of taking notes and being positive about any class even if it was a dull and boring. And won’t change their goal of getting there major or going to a university.

To get a better understanding of what O’Keeney was talking about, I decided to try my own experiment. I decided to start taking better notes. Also to start asking more questions in class so that I could get a better explanation of what we are talking about in class. Then go over and review all of the notes that i took in class so that I would be ready for any test that could be coming up. Just like one of my favorite quotes from O’Keeney, “ if you sweat out a block of study time, and do a good job on it, treat yourself”(pg: 736). Brian O’Keeney yet suggested that every student use there way that they feel most comfortable with for studying, even if it doesn’t suit anybody else. For every student is there own person. For that reason, there are some steps that might help every student some to give them that jump start. There are many different steps a person can take to become an excellent college student. The first step is to attend class. It is difficult at times to pull yourself out of bed to go to class in the morning. However it is for your own good. If you attend class regularly you will pick up on information that may be on tests and quizzes. Many teachers give special hints of certain things that will be on their tests and if you are not there you will miss out.

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Also, get to know your professors. This is really important because they may want to help you more if they actually know who you are. Likewise by getting to know their personality, may give you insight into how they will structure quizzes and tests. For example if you talk to your professor and they tell very elaborate stories without leaving anything out, they may choose very detailed questions. In this case you would know to read your text very carefully and not skip the side paragraphs on the textbook pages. Another step is to do your homework. This may seem like a given but many people fail classes because they don't do this....
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